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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Jay Deborah <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 13:10:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: happy xmas to you

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- Dear beloved in Christ ,I am Deborah Jayanthi from Singapore. I am married to late Jayanthi David of blessed memory who worked with Singapore embassy in South Africa but he he died after a brief illness that lasted forfour days. Before his death we were both devoted Christians and since his death I too have been battling with both cancer and fibroid problem. He deposited the sum of (US$9.5 Million ) with a security firm in Europe.Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke illness. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to either a charity organization, devoted Christian individual or God fearing person that will utilize this money the way I am going to give instruction with all sincerity to funding churches, orphanages, widows and also propagating the work of God all over the world. The Word of God emphasizes so much on God benevolence that i make this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not God fearing, for they are into idolatry worship and I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an unholy manner. Hence the reasons for taking this bold decision. I know that after death I will be with God the most beneficent and most merciful. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and all so, because of the presence of my late husbands relatives around always. I don't want them to know about this development,With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply, I shall give you the contact of the Finance Security Company in Europe where the consignment was Deposited for safe keeping. I will also issue an order of authority to the security company, authorizing them that the said luggage have being willed to you and a copy of such authorization will be forwarded to you. I want you and the believers / community where you reside to always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a true devoted life worthy of emulation. Whosoever, that wants to serve God must serve him in truth and fairness.Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give room in sourcing for another person / organization for this same purpose. Untill I hear from you today unfailingly,my dream will rest squarely on your shoulders. May the Almighty God continue to guide and protect us. Peace of the lord be with you. Deborah Jayanthi

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